Dear President Duterte

Singapore PhilippinesDear Mr. President,

It was only a few days ago when I proclaimed to the world that I am proud to be a “Dutertard.”  That hasn’t changed.  I still am a supporter, but as I’ve said in the past, I am not a blind follower.

So you must understand that when you made that recent rape joke, I was not a happy camper.

It wasn’t the first time you did it.  And the first time, while  many have condemned your statement, I stood by you, believing that it was never your intention to degrade women or think lightly of a heinous crime like rape. I still believe that.

I had hoped that you have  understood the outrage from those of us who love their mothers and their sisters and their nieces and their grand nieces.

But you crossed the line again, Mr. President, with your recent rape joke as you  addressed the men who are carrying out your declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.

I for one, can excuse you once.  But I am outraged the second time around.

It is wrong, Mr. President, to joke about rape. Again.

It is my hope that the women around you — from both your blood family as well as your political family — will have the courage to call you out to say enough of the rape jokes.

By writing this open letter, I may earn the ire of other Dutertards like myself, but I feel that I have to speak out as one who loves his late mother, sisters, nieces and the many wonderful women in my life.

Respectfully,

Politikal Pinoy

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